Mark K. Collection
Worlds largest jai-alai memorabilia collection
Not only is St. Petersburg home to the first amateur jai-alai court built in the United States, it is home to the world's largest jai-alai memorabilia collection!
If you plan on making a trip to come see the new amateur jai-alai court, you must make a visit to Mark K's unbelievable jai-alai museum. Widely recognized as the world's largest privately owned collection, Mark K's collection consists of over 5,000 items! It's appraised value is anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.
There is so much to see, it would take literally a couple of days to go through it all! Any jai-alai fan will be in "heaven" once you walk into the room!
Mark Kaminsky, 60, was a former attorney and video store owner from Brooklyn. He saw jai-alai for the first time at the Orlando fronton in 1971. But it was a purchase of a jai-alai basket at Milford about 10 years ago that got him hooked on the sport for good. Since then, he as been collecting jai-alai memorabilia and he will continue to collect. Today, Mark works as a middle school teacher, and is always looking to spur interest in his favorite sport.
His collection includes a huge collection of jerseys, cesta's, bobbleheads, postcards, jai-alai pins from all over the world. He also has just about every jai-alai book, magazine and jai-alai article ever printed! He also has several autographed pelotas and other rare "one-of-kind" items.
Some of his prized possessions include programs from just about every season of every jai-alai fronton including the inaugural programs from Tampa, Bridgeport, Milford, Hartford, Newport, Orlando and Hamilton. He even has programs from the short-lived Rainbo Gardens fronton in Chicago in 1928, the defunct Hippodrome in New York City in 1938 and programs overseas from Naples, Pao, Shanghai and the Philippines.
Please enjoy looking at the following 65 items that the NJAA found most interesting from his collection.
Personal tours by Mark K of his jai-alai museum may be made by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org . His museum is in St. Petersburg, Florida, approximately 15-20 minutes from the St. Pete Cancha.